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Under the Green

Under the Green explored the hidden heritage of Worsley Green as part of British Science Week 2017. 

We spent the week with over 100 Salford primary school children who peeled back the layers of this idyllic looking green that now hides its industrial heritage past.

The children learned about the science behind making plaster relief tiles of their own archaeological finds with visual artist Angie Thompson. This meant measuring, slaking, stirring and curing.

Curious Things told stories of the Bridgewater Canal and tales of Worsley Green. The sound poems the children made with them brought the past of the Noisy Yard that was once on the Green, to life - there was digging, chiming, mooing, tweeting and banging. Lots of fun taking part and watching each other perform.

Then it was out on to Worsley Green itself with the Centre for Applied Archaeology, University of Salford to use geo-physical sensing equipment to peek below the surface without getting muddy. The children used maths and measuring to lay out a grid, then it was on to using resistivity to investigate what was under the surface. They learned about positive and negative features and how you can see clues to the past on how the grass grows today. If you look closely at The Green (even better if you look from a helicopter!) you can still see the train track that ran across it.

 

Under the Green